Impact Education Overview
The vision of Impact Education is to train a generation of students that that will be prepared to lead, impact, and transform the world out of their relationship with and love for Jesus Christ.
The goal of Impact is to change the way our students look at the world around them and see the different facets of God’s heart for the world and how they can be a part of making his name known. To accomplish this goal, on a weekly basis we are teaching a global perspectives class to our Pre-K to our 6th grade classes. We then take a different approach with our secondary students – training and empowering them within their Bible class to ‘take it to the streets’.
The Impact Education Mission is to:
- Teach by example that missions (reaching out) is a lifestyle God desires for each of us.
- Encourage students to reach out to others by serving in their homes and communities among the hurting, the lonely, and the needy by studying God's Word and following Christ's example.
- Inspire students to pray for the people they serve and to learn through prayer what is on God's heart.
- Introduce students to the exciting ways God's people are "reaching out" in their communities and around the world.
- Foster an environment where the students, with gratitude for what Christ has done for them, desire to see others come to know Christ as their Savior.
- Create diverse learning opportunities whereby students learn about other countries, cultures, and environments in which missionaries serve.
- Partner with other missions' ministries on an on-going basis by building relationships with them and providing opportunities for students to interact with missionaries on and away from their mission fields. Impact Education incorporates Summit staff members and parents into mission outreach events and outings.
We encourage you to view our comprehensive elementary and secondary programs.
Academics | Elementary Impact Program
Our elementary Impact Education program starts from the moment our students enter Pre-K. It is comprehensive and helps the students to begin to think about other cultures around the world who may not have had the opportunity to learn and come to know Jesus Christ. Here is a snap-shot of what they learn.
Students learn to pray for others. They learn about people who do not have a Bible in their own language. They hear about a people group that starts with the same letter that the class is learning for the week. They sing songs and play games about how big God is and about Jesus.
Students learn how to be "on mission" for God through prayer. They learn that everybody everywhere ought to know the Good News of Jesus Christ. Kindergarten is a time where many students are in "awe" of heroes. The students learn how to live their lives like Jesus by learning about Bible heroes and heroes of our faith.
First and Second Grades
Students learn about believers all over the world. Each student has a "pretend" passport. They hop into the class's airplane and fly to different countries (getting their passport stamped as they leave). They learn about the believer's culture and if it is easy for them to be a believer where they live. They learn to pray for believers and nonbelievers all over the world.
Students learn about the 10/40 Window (between 10 degrees and 40 degrees north latitude of the Equator, from Northwest Africa to East Asia). They learn that some of the most un-evangelized people live in this area of the world. They learn about the cultures of the different people groups as well as their religion. They play games and make crafts to understand the culture. They learn to pray for these people.
Students learn to pray for the Native American / First Nations People. They learn about the different tribal groups that live in North America. They learn the history and culture of the tribes, if and when they were brought the Gospel, and what has happened to the tribe since the 1400's. They play games that tribal children played and learn Native American worship songs. They learn to pray for the healing and restoration of the First Nations People.
Students learn about the persecuted church that exists all over the world. They read from 'Kids of Courage" (true-life stories of boys and girls their age who are mistreated and shunned because they choose to become believers). They learn to pray and write letters to men and women who have been imprisoned because of their faith.
Students learn about religion comparison, child slave labor, learn deeper aspects about prayer, evangelism, and servanthood.
Academics | Secondary Impact Program
Our secondary Impact Education program allows students the opportunity to take what they have learned and apply it to the real world. Students experience specific trips that lead them into the local community, the United States, and the international community.
Take a closer look at Summit's secondary Impact Education program:
Students visit Burnet County where they assist the community in the following ways: Meals on Wheels, prayer walking, nursing home ministry, and assisting with their Christmas conspiracy project.
Students visit Giddings, Texas, where they prepare for statewide outreach at Camp Tejas, City of Giddings' clean-up projects, and help with shut-in ministry project.
Students visit New Orleans's YWAM, Katrina clean-up (still), housing project ministry, and participate in the local church ministry.
Students visit Hugo, Oklahoma, where they assist with a self-help housing project and participate in the local church ministry.
Students visit Washington, D.C., where they take part in prayer walking, visit with a Congressman, assist with the embassy prayer walking for the persecuted church, take tours, visit monuments, and participate in wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Students visit the international community: England, France, Austria, Germany, Ecuador, Bahamas, or Puerto Rico to work with local ministries and experience the culture. Students will visit orphanages, special-needs schools, local church outreaches, outcasts camps, join in prayer walking at churches, city hall and places of interest, and return with a global perspective of God's heart for the world.